Nice continued discussion of Jonze’s Her today. Our next visual text for Monday, “Be Right Back” from the anthology series Black Mirror, poses a striking counterpoint to Her, addressing some of the same issues and questions around digital technology through a different science-fictional concept.
So let’s use this blog post to think about how these two texts relate and compare in terms of some of the key issues we’ve been thinking about: what does “Be Right Back” show us about questions of identity, embodiment, and relationships in a world shaped by digital technology, and how does it resemble and/or differ from what Her shows us? You’re free to pursue the relations between these two texts in whatever way is most intriguing to you, provided that you discuss each one specifically and directly, referring to particular scenes, lines, etc., to show how you see the two texts relating — as you do that, use the film analysis techniques we worked with in class today to develop your claims. Don’t just draw comparisons between the two for their own sake — try instead to use that comparison to move towards a larger idea or claim of your own that responds to the issues you see between the two films.
Reminder: your response should go in the comments section for this post — click the “Leave a Comment” link at the top of the post. It should be at least 250 words, and is due by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 7th. If you have any questions, let me know via email.